When Age of Autism launched in 2007, a source of great pride and revenue was that we were Google News Indexed. Our headlines were scooped up and distributed to thousands of potential readers and supporters. This was a good draw for our sponsors and advertisers. Then? Little by little, we were dropped from searches because we discussed vaccine injury. And now? It's nearly impossible to reach anyone except those who click into our site intentionally. And we haven't a single sponsor or advertiser. We DO have amazing, wonderful readers though! I had switched over to Duck Duck Go, and now also use a search engine called BRAVE.
This weekend, The Washington Post ran an article about search engines and platforms are under pressure to take explicit stands against Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Messaging and information are always part of war, the good guys use it too. Deplatforming was rife during the height of the Covid pandemic. and now, we have a powder keg in Europe. Propaganda will always be with us, with every government, it has been part and parcel of media and government forever. When “we” do it, it’s education. When “they” do it, it’s propaganda. But now that the public has a platform, the rules are changing. What we saw during Covid, and continue to see, vis a vis vaccines, was Orwellian, to use the overused adjective. No other adjective fits as well. We’ve seen the messaging change for autism too. Acceptance and awareness crept in and took over, treatment and cure were quashed. Here comes April.
From The Washington Post In Ukraine, tech platforms abandon the illusion of neutrality From Facebook to TikTok to DuckDuckGo, companies that once claimed to be 'unbiased’ are showing that they can take a side after all.
Search results should be unbiased. Social media platforms should be neutral. The Internet should be for everyone.
Though they’ve taken beatings over the years, these sorts of cyber-utopian ideals have proven surprisingly durable — in part because tech companies have insisted that they’re true. The Ukraine war, however, is putting them through a wringer.
From Facebook to TikTok to DuckDuckGo, tech companies are facing pressure to take explicit stands against Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. With some exceptions, tech has responded to the call, at the cost of its relationships with Russia.
But there’s another cost to doing what many see as the right thing in Ukraine. It requires the tech companies to acknowledge in a very public way that their products and policies aren’t neutral after all — and it reminds us all of their own unchecked power over the world’s information systems...